Jordan Burkholder Crowned 1 of 6 'Champions of Champions' At Elks 'Hoop Shoot' National Free Throw Contest

Jordan, 11, Takes Top National Honors In Girls 10-11 Division



Apr 21, 2001, 01:00 ET from Elks

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 21 /PRNewswire Interactive News Service/ --
 Today in Springfield, Massachusetts, Dayton, Virginia, resident Jordan
 Burkholder stepped up to the free-throw line at Western New England College
 knowing that she had a chance to capture a national title in the Elks "Hoop
 Shoot" National Free Throw Contest, and after sinking 22 of 25 free throws,
 and 9 out of 10 in a tie-breaking shoot-off, she did just that.  Facing stiff
 competition from the 11 other finalists in the Girls 10-11 division, Jordan,
 the daughter of Jennifer and Kenton Burkholder, demonstrated for all that she
 had the talent, skills, and determination to carve a niche for herself from
 among the more than 3 million youngsters who participated in the competition
 that began last fall.  And making Jordan's accomplishment that much greater is
 the fact that today marked her second appearance at the national finals of an
 Elks "Hoop Shoot" National Free Throw Contest.  Her first final round
 challenge happened in 1999.
     A sixth-grade student at Wilber S. Pence School, Jordan will now have her
 name engraved upon a permanent plaque, sponsored by the Benevolent and
 Protective Order of Elks, at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
 Jordan, who represented Harrisonburg Elks Lodge No. 450, and the other first-,
 second-, and third-place finalists will also receive trophies at tonight's
 awards banquet honoring the 72 participants in the national finals.
     Jordan's impressive finish has also earned her a place alongside such past
 national champions as Indiana Pacer and Olympic gold medallist Chris Mullin,
 Chicago White Sox infielder Chris Snopek, and former North Carolina State star
 Jennifer Howard.
     The Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest is entirely funded by the Elks,
 and for 29 years, the competition has promoted honesty, fair play, dedication,
 and effort among millions of boys and girls, ages 8 to 13, from across the
 nation.
     The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of
 America is a patriotic and philanthropic fraternal organization with nearly
 1.2 million members in more than 2,000 communities.
 
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    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 21 /PRNewswire Interactive News Service/ --
 Today in Springfield, Massachusetts, Dayton, Virginia, resident Jordan
 Burkholder stepped up to the free-throw line at Western New England College
 knowing that she had a chance to capture a national title in the Elks "Hoop
 Shoot" National Free Throw Contest, and after sinking 22 of 25 free throws,
 and 9 out of 10 in a tie-breaking shoot-off, she did just that.  Facing stiff
 competition from the 11 other finalists in the Girls 10-11 division, Jordan,
 the daughter of Jennifer and Kenton Burkholder, demonstrated for all that she
 had the talent, skills, and determination to carve a niche for herself from
 among the more than 3 million youngsters who participated in the competition
 that began last fall.  And making Jordan's accomplishment that much greater is
 the fact that today marked her second appearance at the national finals of an
 Elks "Hoop Shoot" National Free Throw Contest.  Her first final round
 challenge happened in 1999.
     A sixth-grade student at Wilber S. Pence School, Jordan will now have her
 name engraved upon a permanent plaque, sponsored by the Benevolent and
 Protective Order of Elks, at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
 Jordan, who represented Harrisonburg Elks Lodge No. 450, and the other first-,
 second-, and third-place finalists will also receive trophies at tonight's
 awards banquet honoring the 72 participants in the national finals.
     Jordan's impressive finish has also earned her a place alongside such past
 national champions as Indiana Pacer and Olympic gold medallist Chris Mullin,
 Chicago White Sox infielder Chris Snopek, and former North Carolina State star
 Jennifer Howard.
     The Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest is entirely funded by the Elks,
 and for 29 years, the competition has promoted honesty, fair play, dedication,
 and effort among millions of boys and girls, ages 8 to 13, from across the
 nation.
     The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of
 America is a patriotic and philanthropic fraternal organization with nearly
 1.2 million members in more than 2,000 communities.
 
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